Lazy Daisy - Learn How to Do This Modern Embroidery Technique
Hello embroidery enthusiasts, today we are going to learn one of my favourite beginner stitches, Lazy Daisy.
Lazy Daisy is a very sweet technique to use on a variety of petals, leaves, and flowers. I would say it’s a variation of the chain stitch technique, where you use individual chains to create shapes.
I love using Lazy Daisy stitch as a simple (and quick) way of creating petals and leaf shapes for floral patterns (and if you know anything about me, you’d know that I love floral patterns).
So how do you create this quick and easy stitch?
Bring your thread up through the back of the fabric, then poke it down again through the same hole.
Before you go right through the hole, stop and form a loop with your thread.
Tip: You can use your finger to hold this loop in place.
Now turn right around and bring the thread back up again. Poke your needle up through the fabric a stitch length ahead of where you went down. But when you bring it up – the key is to bring it up through the loop you’ve just made.
As you pull the needle tight, you’ll see how it forms a little chain link with the loop.
TIP: If you want to keep a rounder loopy look for your stitches then don’t pull the thread too tight.
To secure your shape, do a little stitch over the end of the loop to hold it down, then knot this stitch off on the underside of the fabric (or secure it by wrapping the thread around other stitches).
Now you can turn this petal shape into a flower! To do this, simply make a set of petals, all radiating out from a middle point. Or work your Lazy Daisy stitches up the stem of a plant to create leaves.
This stitch technique is so versatile, that you can use it on all sorts of designs.
Examples of Lazy Daisy in my patterns
Once you've got the hang of this stitch, I'm sure you'll be dying to try it out in some patterns! Here are some examples, starting out with my pattern A Little Wildflower Meadow.As you can see there are beautiful examples of a Lazy Daisy forming leaves and the petals on the flower in the centre.
Another example is my Blooming Lovely Pattern. This design has Lazy Daisy petals and leaves all through it, and they create such amazing texture!
Last but not least is my pattern The Gardening Bee. Just look how I've used Lazy Daisy leaves to create so much movement and colour bursting out of the wheelbarrow!
Congrats on learning one of my favourite (and most used) beginner stitches - Lazy Daisy. This stitch may take a little bit of practice to understand how to do it properly. But believe me, if you keep practising, you’ll be a lazy daisy master in no time at all! Plus, it’s super fun doing the little loop that makes up this stitch.
So there you have it, my top tips and knowledge you need to understand how to do Lazy Daisy stitch. Well done, go you!
This course takes you through all the beginner techniques and knowledge you need to make your first beginner pattern, Little Wildflower Meadow! Plus, it includes a beautiful second pattern, Blooming Lovely. Both of these patterns incorporate the lazy daisy stitch, so they are a perfect place to test out your newfound knowledge of this technique.
I would totally recommend this course, as it covers more stitch techniques than just Lazy Daisy, and you can also do it at your own place. Plus, this is a great way to hold yourself accountable for your own me-time and continue on your path to becoming a modern embroidery superstar.